This recent spate of warm weather has us thinking about how lucky we are to live in the UK.
The British countryside, its coastline, and our cultural landmarks are impressive whatever the weather, but they truly shine when the sun bursts from the clouds. And let’s be honest: a single day out is rarely enough to enjoy everything you could be doing, and you’ll always end up wishing you had more time.
Here’s a few sunny reminders of why Britain is a great place to be when it’s warm, and why it’s the perfect choice for a bright and not-too-breezy staycation.
19 million annual visitors in 2017 can’t be wrong: the British capital is a vast collection of iconic sights, delicious food, and endless entertainment, and there’s no better time to enjoy it than when it’s sunny.
Admiring the Palace, the London Eye, and Big Ben in fine weather is the perfect accompaniment to a day spent exploring the bars that line the Thames. The variety of different cuisines you can sample in London is astonishing, too, and means that you can always find something to tempt your taste buds with, whatever your preference.
Rooftop bars, al fresco restaurants, open-air film screenings, outdoor theatre shows, and plenty of green spaces – it’s all in London, just waiting for you.
A sunny day spent in Edinburgh will see you surrounded by Britain at its best.
When the sun is in full bloom parks like Inverleith and Holyrood show off Scotland’s rolling hills and glorious greens. Alternatively, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh offers exotic flowers and one of the city’s most fantastic panoramic views. Edinburgh is known as the UK’s greenest city, as there are 112 parks for visitors to choose from.
The scenery is just one of Edinburgh’s outdoor highlights though. The Festival Fringe provides street events throughout August, with performances taking place on the Royal Mile and the Mound Precinct. For the more adventurous, you can find canoeing and kayaking facilities close by, as well as rock climbin, abseiling, mountain biking, and more.
UK breaks from Hoseasons go hand in hand with the hot weather. From active holidays in country cottages to relaxing breaks spent lounging in hot tubs, and from lodges in Lincolnshire to cabins in Sherwood Forest, with Hoseasons you’ll have plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventure. Hoseasons resorts place an emphasis on nature and can be found in the UK’s greenest areas, and when over 1.5 million happy customers take a Hoseasons holiday each year, you know you can book with confidence.
A self-catering holiday with Hoseasons offers an incredible range of ways to enjoy Britain outside, and their summery breaks are perfect for the whole family as well as for couples seeking seclusion and a romantic getaway.
Outdoor adventures abound at Butlin’s parks, making them a great choice for families wanting a resort holiday with the opportunity for sun worship. The fairground and the outdoor swimming pools are a great start, but you will also find playgrounds and play areas, sports facilities, and in Minehead’s case a national park next door.
In recent years, Butlin’s has successfully shaken its dated image, and now offers the option to stay in stylish hotel rooms as well as an improved range of food choices, not to mention the fun-filled facilities and entertainment. Families with small children will be in their element!
Haven provides the perfect chance for a seaside break in the sun, and offers 36 holiday parks around the UK, 22 of which have touring and camping facilities. With almost 8,000 miles of British coastline to choose from, Haven is an obvious choice when it comes to relishing those warm days on the beach.
Britain’s beaches are perfect for sunbathing, taking dips in the sea, digging holes with the kids, licking an ice cream before it melts, and simply spending some quality time with your nearest and dearest. A Haven holiday invites you to enjoy the sun with the sand between your toes, but also to make time for each park’s outdoor pools, sports courts, and play areas.